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Updated October 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "APA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Employees should never be bored

    Cons

    Management is disengaged from staff


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Many unhappy about office culture, low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    - near Rosslyn Metro
    - new offices at the Wharf in 2018
    - some great individuals to work with
    - department culture can help insulate from *some* of the organizational issues. Staff members with great department leadership enjoy coming to work. Negativity comes from outside department.
    - mental health and psychiatry are very important -- opportunity to be a great organization to work for

    Cons

    - lots of people are very unhappy about office culture, low morale. Lots of people leaving because of this.
    - budget cuts, no raises for regular staff, but rumors of excessive spending for other things like senior staff salaries
    - monotonous work
    - leadership not very open to new ideas or different perspectives
    - micromanagement
    - lack of understanding and respect for what individuals bring to the organization
    - people start and leave within months

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach. Lots of talk about making it a better workplace, but it doesn't seem likely to happen with current effort. Outside counsel is sorely needed.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Editor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Mental health awareness & education

    Cons

    Leadership is ruthless & treat staff horribly

    Advice to Management

    Create a better work environment


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible Leadership from CEO and a few underlings"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    Mental health issues are important - too bad yours is sacrificed.

    Cons

    Very little work life balance. The CEO has no idea how to run an organizations, and he is destroying the reputation of the APA. He micromanages chiefs and others under his purview. He is constantly focusing on the wrong details, and he has NO trust in over 75% of his leadership. Such distrust results in a culture of chiefs fighting for his approval. Only a few of the departments are led by competent chiefs who are not interested in TURF battles. A couple of chiefs should not even be in their positions - as they lack the requisite education needed to head up their department. A few positive reviews are from certain underlings who try to beef up the organizational score.

    The only saving grace is that APA pays a little more than other medical specialty associations. However, the pay is not worth the discouraging culture in the organization which results in the high turnover in staff. Many of those in the organization are looking to jump ship.

    They recently let go a large number of staff, but yet the CEO still has an inflated budget and CEO suite staff. The APA will never improve until they remove him and a couple of chiefs. He is quick to take credit for good work of others, and is quick to move out of the way once the **** hits the fan.

    Run.

    Advice to Management

    Inform the Board or anyone who can help get rid of the CEO and certain leadership. Learn to motivate and encourage staff. Get a new head or the organization who does not need to work on his own ego and other issues through abuse of staff and distrust.


  5. "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    good experience with APA. Nice coworkers

    Cons

    benefits package could be better


  6. "Enjoy my work and my team"

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    Current Employee - Director of Membership in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Director of Membership in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I like most that I'm given the autonomy to own my work and try new things. Management is very supportive. Everyone there is genuinely passionate about mental health and supporting our members and their patients.

    Cons

    Not a ton of telework flexibility


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Well Shot of This Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My department, which was small, had wonderful esprit de corps, fostered through mutual respect and a willingness to allow the individual employee the autonomy to pursue new ideas and new ways of working. As our mission was somewhat independent of the larger membership focus, we were unique in our effectiveness and relative happiness. Nevertheless and despite the collegiality of our small program...

    Cons

    ...the Executive team was not simply incapable of effective organizational management. They were aggressively wrong-headed. Lack of dot.org experience was exacerbated by their unflagging attempts to impose the rules and order that they learned in their time in DC and federal government slots. Rule-making to the lowest common denominator may be a necessary evil in massive organizations, but it borders on the ridiculous in a +/- 200 person shop. Rules are implemented to solve problems that don't exist; and problems are created by ridiculous new rules that are introduced.

    The top managers are aloof and haughty until this is pointed to them, after which they struggle to rise to the level of simple but regular insincerity. Which leads me to my advise to management...

    Advice to Management

    ...throw it in. Admit your cluelessness. Move on to someplace more suited to your bureaucratic mindset or bring in coaches to help you understand how to work with actual people, rather than spreadsheet line items.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "CAVEAT EMPTOR (and Saul M. Levin, M.D., M.P.A. is CEO and Medical Director of the APA)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    There are a few amazing and committed employees
    Soon to be new office space
    Decent vacation and comp time (if you qualify)

    Cons

    Where to begin

    As you enter the APA you will be onboarded by one of the most incompetent HR offices in DC. Conflicting information about benefits and you will be lucky if they get it right when you enroll. Rumors of long departed staff left on the benefits rolls for months after departure and a complete lack of follow through including when interviews are scheduled with after 5 pm calls (office closes at 5) scheduling for the next day. **Note to potential candidates DO NOT BELIEVE ANY SUGGESTION OF RAISES as budget troubles also known as the high flying lifestyle of a few has pretty much guaranteed if you join there will be budget cuts a coming in the fall.

    Complete and total clueless management team. Between the CEO/Medical Director (Dr. Saul Levin by the way) and the chiefs the environment has become so toxic in the last few years that there has been, at minimum, a 60 percent turnover and many of the newbies are running for the doors as they see exactly how this place is run. Chiefs are pitted against each other leaving for a survivor like mentality, if you have the wrong Chief it can be quite uncomfortable.

    Work/Life Balance - with the exception of a few of the senior team members there are ZERO children leaving anyone with a family being given the side eye when family commitments come up. If you are in any type of leadership role you deal with weekend meetings often making family time non-existent. And don't get me started on maternity leave policy.

    Muddled mission with every membership organization there is a tendency to do whatever to please those who pay the bills but this place goes to a level that will leave you shaking your head. CEO is known to dress down employees for his miscues and protecting his favorite few. And at meetings the favorites are known to follow him like a pack of staffers following the president.

    Budget mismanagement to be honest it is rumored that the numbers given to members are far from actual budget shortfalls. This will likely mean another year of a few favorites getting rumored raises while the majority get the wait til next year things will be better speech. Sad because this was not always the APA way.

    There was once a time where one could find pride working here but since Saul and his minions have arrived this place "has hit bedrock and started to dig" (as one of the previous posts mentions.

    Just avoid this place.

    Advice to Management

    Actually to the elected leadership. It is time to hit reset and hire someone that actually has the management skills to run a multimillion dollar association. Outside of a few in the executive staff level the place is a laughingstock.

    To management stop driving talent to the exits by actually recognizing hard work and rewarding those who do the work. STOP TAKING CREDIT for things you have nothing to do with. Nothing kills morale more than self congratulatory emails and events for projects that miss deadlines are vastly over budget and spun to be huge wins for APA.

    Why are we moving to shiny new offices if there are budget issues? Vanity projects are a waste of resources and it is time to push back on the main driver (and we all know who that is).

    While this is a member organization learn that backing the employees can and should be the normal.

    Morale is more than a few employee appreciation events on boats, in mediocre restaurants and ballparks and you better figure it out as it is pretty low these past couple of years.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Broken and Toxic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association full-time

    Pros

    - convenient location (at least until the end of 2017)
    - smattering of talented staff across the organization
    - relatively decent benefit package

    Cons

    - The CEO, a self-professed micromanager who utterly lacks leadership skills and organizational focus, and who panders to the whims of the APA's Board of Trustees
    - A bloat of unimpressive executive staff, many of whom have openly fought or plotted against each other for control of the APA's key programs or activities
    - very little respect or appreciation for APA employees, which breeds pervasive distrust, low morale, and chronically high turnover rates

    Advice to Management

    The current management doesn't take advice. What's needed is new leadership with a clear vision and focus that can reverse the trend of APA's eroding reputation, and attract/retain top talent to work for APA's entire membership.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "A Mistake in Working Here"

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Psychiatric Association (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Location to the metro
    - Some of my co-workers

    Cons

    Where to start...
    -Too much turnover in such a short period of time
    -Management is too worried about themselves to look out for great employees
    -Very childish, rude, toxic environment
    -Departments do not work well together (extremely petty)

    In my time working there, this was by far the worse organization to be a part of

    Advice to Management

    Fire the managers whom you know bring nothing to the table but drama, stress, and lack of productivity


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